Review: The Crown and the Arrow (The Wrath and the Dawn #0.5) – Renee Ahdieh


The Crown and the Arrow (The Wrath and the Dawn #0.5) – Renee Ahdieh

The Crown & the Arrow (The Wrath and the Dawn, #0.5)

Title: The Crown and the Arrow (The Wrath and the Dawn #0.5)

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Release Date: March 1, 2016

Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Format: eBook

Page Number: 18

Source: Nook

Seventy-one days and seventy-one nights had come and gone since Khalid began killing his brides. This dawn, Khalid would mark the loss of the seventy-second girl, Shahrzad al-Khayzuran. Khalid didn’t know how many more of these dawns he could take. And there was something about this latest girl that piqued his interest. Not only had she volunteered to marry him, but at their wedding ceremony, she had seemed not the least bit afraid. In fact, what he had seen in her eyes was nothing short of pure hatred. She was about to lose her life. Why wasn’t she afraid? Why did she hate him so? He had never before gone to his wife’s chambers before her death at dawn. Tonight would be different.

3 out of 5 stars


This novella was so short, and I just wish that it was longer. I liked getting to see inside Khalid’s head because you never got his perspective at the beginning of the series. You saw his initial reaction to Sharzhad which was fun, but it also kind of broke my heart because I don’t want to see them not together.

Khalid is such a broken soul and Sharzhad helped him through one of the hardest times in his life, so seeing him before he knew here just made me sad :( I honestly don’t think this was a necessary novella because his perspective wasn’t really anything I would have thought unique. I knew that he was apprehensive about her at first. Of course he would be. He also thought she was beautiful right away which didn’t change throughout the story. So I don’t know.

I like being back in this world because this was a great series, but I don’t know if I would spend money on this novella like I did. It’s not really anything special. It was still good, but not anything special.

I only have one more novella and then I’m done with this series! Go me :) I’ll try and have the final review up soon!

Series:

The Moth and the Flame (The Wrath and the Dawn #0.25)

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1)

The Rose and the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2)

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Review: The Moth and the Flame (The Wrath and the Dawn #0.25) – Renee Ahdieh


The Moth and the Flame (The Wrath and the Dawn #0.25) – Renee Ahdieh

The Moth and the Flame (The Wrath and the Dawn, #0.25)

Title: The Moth and the Flame (The Wrath and the Dawn #0.25)

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Release Date: March 22, 2016

Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Format: eBook

Page Number: 37

Source: Nook

It started as playful, if barbed, banter before rising to a fateful wager with a most notorious rake—the Captain of the Guard, Jalal al-Khoury—who may have finally met his match in a lovely, if haughty, handmaiden, Despina. But she, too, seems to have met her match in the handsome Jalal. What begins as a tempestuous battle of will and wit in short order becomes a passionate affair spurred on by tragedy of the worst kind.

4 out of 5 stars


This was what I wanted while reading The Wrath and the Dawn duology, so I’m really glad that this was a thing. Despina has always been one of my favorite characters, so a short story about her… I’m here for it.

I love me some cute mushy romance, and this is the beginning of a relationship that I totally ship so hard. I love Jalal and Despina together, so it was super cute seeing them interact for the first time. I know that Jalal was kind of a player before he met Despina, but once he started talking to her he didn’t want to think about anyone else. Awww cute cute cute.

I love reading kissing scenes, so this was real cute. Again, here for it. I love seeing some of the characters that don’t get talked about too much in the full series, in novellas like this. I’m so excited to read the rest of them because I know that I’m going to love them all. I HOPE THERE’S ONE ABOUT SHARZHAD AND KHALID TOGETHER OMG. I would be LIVING for that.

Series:

The Crown and the Arrow (The Wrath and the Dawn #0.5)

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1)

The Rose and the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2)

Review: The Rose and the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2) – Renee Ahdieh


The Rose and the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2) – Renee Ahdieh

The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath & the Dawn, #2)

Title: The Rose and the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2)

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Release Date: April 26, 2016

Publisher: Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 416

Source: TBR Pile

The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.

Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.

The saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrzad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again.

4 out of 5 stars


Yay to continuing with series!!

I picked this book out of my TBR jar in my most recent weekly reading vlog and listened to it on audio while reading it, and IT WAS SO GOOD. I was shaken and stirred at all the right parts.

This book follows Khalid and Shahrzad right after what happened at the end of The Wrath and the Dawn. Shahrzad is separated from Khalid, and she’s in a camp with Tariq, Irsa, her father, and some other guards and random people. She’s apparently more safe there than at the palace *tsk* and she is trying to find a way back to Khalid without getting caught/getting into more trouble than it’s worth. She bonds with her sister again after being gone for so long, and it GOES DOWN in this sequel.

Okay, so without spoilers, I really enjoyed this book. I didn’t give it 5 stars for the fact that I wish I would have had more character development from some of the side characters, Irsa didn’t deserve that, and the climax *although great* was so short.

SPOILERS:

Leave if you’ve not read this book.

 

 

So I was seriously shaken and stirred beyond belief when I found out about Despina. omg I was not ready for that. I knew something was a little fishy when she decided that she was going to leave with Shahrzad’s uncle, but what?! I was pleasantly surprised with Yasmine and how she was dealt with in the ending. I like that Khalid and Shahrzad made her the new Calipha person. yay for her. I always liked her character even though she was irritating. She was supposed to be, so she was well crafted.

I feel so so so bad for Irsa. I almost started crying. There were almost tears. I would have started crying if I wasn’t so sick, but alas. Rahim was one of my favorite side characters and I knew everything was way too good to be true. I had less than 100 pages left and everything was going super well and I just KNEW that something was up. I had the inkling that there was too much happiness.

The ending was everything that I wanted. Within the last 20 pages so much happened, and I was not ready for Shahrzad’s dad to fricking stab Khalid. Then save him… hmm. Okay. I mean, I thought he was going to die and I was about to be really sad but really impressed with Renee Ahdieh, but then he didn’t die and it was all fine and dandy. The ending was so cute with the little kid Caliph. Aww. S’cute.

 

 

END OF SPOILERS.

Overall, I would highly recommend this series! I really want to read the novellas so then I can get some more insight to these characters, so look out for those reviews, too!

Series:

The Moth and the Flame (The Wrath and the Dawn #0.25)

The Crown and the Arrow (The Wrath and the Dawn #0.5)

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1)

Review: The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) – Renee Ahdieh


The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) – Renee Ahdieh

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Title: The Wrath and the Dawn

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Release Date: May 12, 2015

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 388

Source: Book Club

One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Caliph Khalid takes a new wife every day, and the girl is found dead the next morning. No one knows why the girls get killed, but everyone is scared of the Caliph. Khalid takes Shahrzad’s best friend, and she is found with a silk cord tied around her neck in the morning. Shahrzad volunteers to be the next bride in order to bring relief to her friend’s family. Shahrzad goes to the castle and is greeted by Caliph Khalid. He regards her without emotion, and doesn’t speak much. Shahrzad tries to break down his emotional walls in order to understand him and why he kills the young brides. He, of course, doesn’t tell her and becomes fairly distant. She starts to see things through his eyes and eventually falls in love with the monster of a boy-king. He slowly but surely falls for her as well and they end up understanding things about each other that no one else can possibly understand. The wrath will always come at dawn.

This book was seriously so good. I genuinely loved this book and I just want to read the next one. This retelling of the story was really cool to read because I’ve never heard of anything like this. The concept was new and exciting, and I am so pumped to read The Rose and the Dagger.

Characters:

Shahrzad and Khalid are fricking awesome. I loved this cast of characters because they were so witty, but so tender at points in the story. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book with the two of them. So much love.

Who Would I Be?:

I don’t think I’d want to be in the awful situation of dealing with being scared for morning, but I’d choose to be Shahrzad. She was so different than society wanted her to be. She’s one of my all time favorite characters.


UPON THE SECOND TIME READING:

I really enjoyed it this time around!! There were so many things that I missed, and because I read this so long ago the first time, I actually forgot why Khalid was doing what he was doing. And damn, the ending. I totally forgot the ending. I read this right when it came out for the first time, and was pissed because the second book wasn’t coming out for another year, and then I just didn’t pick it up when it came out… Hmm. I hope to read the second book soon, because I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS to Shahrzad and Khalid. They’re so cute together and he loves her so much. She loves him, but I can see the love triangle happening in the next book and I’m not here for it.

Series:

The Moth and the Flame (The Wrath and the Dawn #0.25)

The Crown and the Arrow (The Wrath and the Dawn #0.5)

The Rose and the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2)

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